Use the CData ODBC Driver for Google Contacts in Microsoft Power Query

Ready to get started?

Download for a free trial:

Download Now

Learn more:

Google Contacts ODBC Driver

The Google Contacts ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live data from Google Contacts, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access Google Contacts data like you would a database, including Contacts, Groups, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



You can use the CData Google Contacts ODBC Driver with Microsoft Power Query. In this article, you will use the ODBC driver to import Google Contacts data into Microsoft Power Query.

The CData ODBC Driver for Google Contacts enables you to link to Google Contacts data in Microsoft Power Query, ensuring that you see any updates. This article details how to use the ODBC driver to import Google Contacts data into Microsoft Power Query.

Connect to Google Contacts as an ODBC Data Source

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

You can connect to Google APIs on behalf of individual users or on behalf of a domain. Google uses the OAuth authentication standard. See the "Getting Started" section of the help documentation for a guide.

Import Google Contacts Data

Follow the steps below to import Google Contacts data using standard SQL:

  1. From the ribbon in Excel, click Power Query -> From Other Data Sources -> From ODBC.

  2. Enter the ODBC connection string. Below is a connection string using the default DSN created when you install the driver: Provider=MSDASQL.1;Persist Security Info=False;DSN=CData GoogleContacts Source
  3. Enter the SELECT statement to import data with. For example:

    SELECT Summary, StartDateTime FROM Friends
  4. Enter credentials, if required, and click Connect. The results of the query are displayed in the Query Editor Preview. You can combine queries from other data sources or refine the data with Power Query formulas. To load the query to the worksheet, click the Close and Load button.